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Cypress essential oil profile

Cupressus sempervirens

Origin and Extraction:  The cypress tree is a tall, cone shaped evergreen bearing brownish grey nuts and small flowers.  Originally from the eastern Mediterranean it can also be found growing wild in Africa, Britain, Corsica, France Italy, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily and Spain.  Cypress essential oil is pale yellow in colour and fairly thin in consistency with a fresh and slightly woody aroma.  This oil is extracted from the young twigs of the tree by a process called steam distillation.

Therapeutic Properties:  Anesthetic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antidepressant, antispasmodic, carminative, cytotoxic, digestive, expectorant, stomachic and stimulant.

Common Uses:

  • Nervous system complaints such as nervous tension, depression, drowsiness, tiredness and irritability can be eased with cypress oil.
  • Circulatory problems including low blood pressure, varicose veins, hemmorhoids and poor circulation can all be improved with the use of this oil.
  • Respiratory problems such as congestion, coughs and laryngitis can also be helped with cypress essential oil.
Essential precautions:
  • Is known to be non-toxic and non-irritant but could still cause sensitisation in a minority of cases.
  • Is best avoided during pregnancy.


   Please note that all information contained within this website is intended for educational purposes only   and is not intended to be a replacement for professional treatment.  Also I must stress that all essential  oils should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding unless advised by your clinician.